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Guidance on Narratives

Project Bamboo is seeking to gather self-expressed narrative descriptions of individual scholarly efforts that involve humanities or interpretive social science research or teaching that might benefit from possible academic technology solutions. The intent is to better understand various research and teaching methodologies and processes that scholars currently utilize and then to use this information to assess which technology solutions might best serve current and future scholarship.

We are asking that humanities and interpretive social science scholars (faculty and graduate students) reflect on the KEY methodologies and processes they utilize/practice in their research or teaching, select ONE of those methodologies or processes around which they would like some level of technological support, and describe that work in four paragraphs or less. We understand that one's entire research isn't easily described in four paragraphs, which is why we are asking for only a small subset of the work you perform. We are trusting that as Project Bamboo accumulates submissions from multiple scholars around the world, we can amass a rich repository of different research and teaching methodologies and practices.

Each four-paragraph submission should include:

  • WHAT: a description of a small portion/subset of your work around which you would like technology support and any "need to know" relationships between this subset of work and your larger research/teaching efforts,
  • HOW: the tasks you currently perform and methodologies/processes you employ to achieve this portion of your work and any required order of these tasks (i.e. "x" must be done before "y")
  • HELPS: any tools, content, or collaborations you currently use to help complete your research and/or teaching tasks, and
  • NEED: a description of a specific technology need or your best guess at the technology support you wan
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